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I'm always happy to make myself available for media interviews, conferences and special events to help educate pet owners and veterinary professionals on the benefits of a more holistic approach to health and wellness.

Email me with your request and please make sure to put MEDIA REQUEST in the subject line. Thank you.

Here are just few ideas to consider for topics on natural pet care that I can discuss in detail:

New Vaccine Protocols Keep Pets Healthy
New vaccine protocols have been established for immunizing pets. In the past, annual vaccinations were done to prevent infectious diseases. The new protocols eliminate some of the previously recommended vaccines. The protocols also recommend vaccinations with core vaccines every 3 years instead of annually. According to pet expert Dr. Shawn Messonnier and author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, "These new protocols will maximize the protection our pets need from infectious diseases while minimizing side effects and harmful diseases."

Excessive vaccinations have been blamed for many pet disorders, including allergic reactions, thyroid disease, cancers, and autoimmune diseases. While many veterinarians will adopt the 3 year plan, Dr. Messonnier recommends an annual blood antibody test called a titer test. "Titer testing allows us to give each pet ONLY the vaccines each pet needs, when the pet needs it. This means that some pets will get vaccines every 3 years, whereas other pets may only need vaccines every 5-10 years." Titer testing will further minimize health problems that can occur when pets are vaccinated more frequently than needed.

Contact:
Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM
972-867-8800, ext 101
shawnvet@sbcglobal.net
www.petcarenaturally.com

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New Treatment for Alzheimer’s in Pets
A new therapy offers hope for pets with cognitive disorder (doggie and kittie Alzheimer’s disease.) Choline loading has shown effectiveness in 75% of older pets afflicted with cognitive disorder. In 2 separate studies, dosing the pets with choline has improved cognitive ability in dogs and cats over 10 years of age.

According to pet expert Dr. Shawn Messonnier, author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, "This new therapy offers an easy, inexpensive solution to a devastating problem in older pets. And when used PRIOR to the onset of cognitive disorder, choline loading appears to prevent or delay signs of this condition."

Cognitive disorder, erroneously referred to as "senility" by many pet owners, is a common condition seen in older pets. It is the most common chronic degenerative nerve problem in older pets, affecting up to 25% of dogs and cats 10 years of age and older. The exact etiology is unknown.

Contact:
Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM
972-867-8800, ext 101
shawnvet@sbcglobal.net
www.petcarenaturally.com

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Joint Supplements Help Pets Too
As is true in people with arthritis, joint supplements are offering hope for pets crippled with the pain of arthritis. Supplements containing glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM have been very effective in treating pets with arthritis.

New supplements containing hyaluronic acid (HA) are even more powerful, often helping those pets who do not improve after using other joint supplements.

According to pet expert Dr. Shawn Messonnier, author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, "Joint supplements, especially those containing HA, offer hope for the thousands of older dogs and cats afflicted with arthritis. Drug therapy with non-steroidal medications, which are expensive and pose serious risk to many older pets, rarely needs to be used when the proper joint supplement is prescribed. Additionally, many pets can take these supplements to prevent problems and never develop the pain and inflammation common in many older pets with arthritis."

Contact:
Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM
972-867-8800, ext 101
shawnvet@sbcglobal.net
www.petcarenaturally.com

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Natural Diets Better for Pets
As is true in people, the diet a pet eats directly influences it health. Many diets contain byproducts (often listed on the label as an animal byproduct) and chemical preservatives such as BHA and BHT. These ingredients are not healthy and may contribute to excessive inflammation and oxidation, 2 important causes of chronic disease, in many pets. Additionally, as is true with the food we eat, some diets may contain partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup; both of these ingredients have been linked to a variety of diseases in people and likely also cause health problems in pets.

Pet owners should spend time reading the label of the pet’s food. Wholesome ingredients such as whole grains, pure meat proteins, and natural preservatives like vitamins C & E are preferred.

According to pet expert Dr. Shawn Messonnier, author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, "An important part of preventing disease is choosing and feeding the most wholesome food. Owners who do so help ensure better health for their pets."

Contact:
Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM
972-867-8800, ext 101
shawnvet@sbcglobal.net
www.petcarenaturally.com

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